Polish heavyweight Artur Szpilka intends to shock the world this weekend when he participates in a first world title challenge against WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
The rugged 26 year-old, who has lost only once to Bryant Jennings in a 21-fight career, steps up in class once again to face Wilder and is adamant that nothing will stop him from fulfilling his destiny at the Barclays Center.
“I want to be the first Polish heavyweight champion of the world. I’m ready. This is important for Poland and my Polish fans,” said Szpilka.
“Wilder is very tough. He’s tall and strong. This is boxing. He’s human. I know I can beat him. He makes mistakes and I know what I have to do. I know him. I’ve studied him and I see what he does badly.
“I can’t wait. This is so important because the Polish people have supported me so well. I know I will be a hero after the fight. I know it and I believe it,” he added.
Wilder and Szpilka almost came to blows at a World Trade Center media gathering on Wednesday, further evidence that the fight is simmering nicely before the first bell rings on Showtime this Saturday night.
The pair had to be dragged apart by staff on hand at the photo opportunity as Szpilka once again made his presence felt before trading blows with one of the top division’s best in New York City.